96 BYZANTINE CHURCHES CHAP,
I venture to suggest that the original text was a quotation from Amos ix. 6, with possibly some variations :
o otKO<$op3v eis T&V ovpavov di/a/3a<rti/ avrov /cat avrov €7rt rfjs y?}
£ He who builds his ascent up to the heaven and Ms command on the foundations of the earth.5
The words, ^'XTreia-a^ej/ el? TO SVOJJM avrov^ c we have hoped in his name/ may be original (Psalm xxxii. 21 ; Isaiah xxvi. 8).
With these inscriptions may be compared the beautiful collect used at the consecration of a church :
Nat Aecnrora KiJ/ne o 0eos o ^ScoTrjp vjpwvy rj JA-Trts Trai/rcoy TCOV T)S yrjs, €7ra/coww yp^y r&v d/£a/)T(oA,aji/ 8eo/A€V<ov <rov /cat rb Travaytoi/ crov Hv€i?/Aa T& irpoarKw^r^v /cat 7rai/ro8wa-/cat aytacrov TOF otkov TOWOF.
c Yea3 Lord God Almighty our Saviour, the hope of all the ends
of the earth5 hear us sinners when we call upon thee? and send thy Holy Spirit5 the worshipful and all powerful, and sanctify this house.*
Below the windows of the apse are ranges .of seats for the clergys forming a sloping gallery3 and consisting of eleven risers and eleven treads3 so thatj according to the method of seating adopted3 there are five or six or eleven rows of seats. There is no vestige of a special episcopal seat in the centre, but the stonework has been disturbed ; for some of the seats are built with portions of the moulded base of the marble revetment of the building. Underneath the seats runs a narrow semicircular passage originally well lighted through openings1 in the riser of one range of seats, and having a doorway at each end.
On either side of the nave, towards the eastern end of each aisle, there is an approximately square compartment covered with a domical vault, and having an opening communicating with the nave immediately to the west of the bema. To the east of these compartments stands what was the original eastern wall of the church, and in it, in the north aisle, a large doorway retaining its architrave and
1 These openings are now covered with Turkish wooden staging, and the passage is therefore quite dark,